As the days become warmer and the sun stays out longer, the feeling of escaping from our humdrum life and heading off on a summer holiday becomes stronger and stronger. Below are just a few summer travel tips and tricks that will help make your summer’s vacation feel as relaxing as sitting by the pool with a cocktail in one hand and a book in the other.
1. Plan ahead
Youâ€™ve heard it all before. Planning makes perfect. Taking some time to plan ahead before you travel could be the deciding factor in how much you enjoy your summer travels. Book your travels online in advance and not only might you save money but also time and potentially reduce any associated stress. Enjoy the peace of mind knowing that your flights, accommodation and tours have all been pre-booked and bask in the glory that all you have to do is turn up on time.
2. Travel during non-peak times
“Shoulder season” combines the advantages of both peak-season and off-season travel. Whether itâ€™s a European vacation or a trip to Australia, generally shoulder season is April through early-June and September through to late October. During shoulder season, you’ll enjoy decent weather, extended daylight, fewer crowds and a little bit more money in your pocket. Travelling outside of peak times will also help you avoid the queues at main attractions such as the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City. The simplest trick is to anticipate what other tourists would be doing at a certain time, and do the opposite.
3. Pack smart and light
Never bring more than one weekâ€™s worth of clothes and pack outfits that are versatile and donâ€™t wrinkle. You can buy virtually anything you might need once you get there. For example, why bring an umbrella on your trip when you might hardly use it. If the floodgates open up, simply purchase an umbrella from the local shops. Also, toiletries are cheap and easy to find everywhere but if you must, bring toiletries that come in travel sized bottles.
4. Donâ€™t get burned
Summer time equates to more time in the sun. However, the sun can be quite damaging and has the potential to ruin your holiday. Try to minimize the time spent in the sun. Go indoors when the sun reaches the highest point in the sky which is normally from 10am to 3pm. Wear sunscreen and cover up as much as you can by wearing a hat for your face and head; sunglasses to protect your eyes from glare; and light clothes that protect your shoulders, arms, and legs.
5. Drink lots of water
Drink water whenever possible. Staying hydrated helps prevent jet lag and general fatigue. Water helps release heat from the body and maintains a certain temperature throughout the day. If youâ€™re not getting enough of it, then your temperature may be far from what it should be. This can result in cramps and not feeling great, especially if you are walking a lot. Drink enough water and youâ€™ll find that you get fewer cramps and feel better while youâ€™re adventuring around.
6. Take a break
Travelling during the hot summer months can be tiring. If at all possible, try to rest up at least for a couple of hours if not days. Donâ€™t try to cram in too much in to one day. Spread things out. If youâ€™re feeling tired, take a seat in a park or in an air-conditioned cafÃ© or if necessary, head back to your hotel for a power nap. The body needs the proper amount of rest. Youâ€™re better off taking it easy and care of your body than to push yourself and potentially make yourself sick.
7. Travel insurance is a must
Itâ€™s easy to think youâ€™ll never need travel insurance but youâ€™ll be glad you got it if you end up sick or in danger. It may save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars if you travel uninsured.Purchasing a travel insurance plan can help protect you from the unexpected, whether you’re travelling across the country or across the world.
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